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Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (DAD)
Program Course Descriptions


DRG101 Addiction and Society
A sociological interpretation of individuals, groups, and American culture with respect to substance use. The relationship between mental health, physical health, and addiction are examined, along with the types of treatment and intervention strategies offered in both professional and para-professional settings. The role of the community, self-help groups, and the criminal justice system is also introduced. A primary outcome of this course is for students to gain awareness of the prevailing attitudes, definitions, and impacts of addiction in society.
DRG103 Physiological and Medical Aspect of Addiction
Covers the effects of substances on the body and its systems, the various health conditions associated with addiction, and the pharmacological, nutritional, and other approaches used to manage and treat addiction.
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
DRG106 Addiction Prevention
An overview of the levels of prevention, risk and protective factors related to addiction, and how to access prevention literature and research. The course emphasizes how families, schools, businesses, and the treatment system use prevention strategies to help those most at risk for addiction. Harm-reduction and relapse prevention strategies are also introduced.
DRG201 Individual Counseling for Addiction
Pre: DRG10 or DRG 106
Covers a variety of evidence-based practices used in the addiction field, including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention, among others. The course introduces students to assessment, treatment planning, and case management best-practice. Skill enhancement is reinforced through experiential learning and role play.
HUS102 Helping Skills in Human Services
Pre: HUS101
Designed to help develop individual and group interaction skills based on historical and contemporary models applicable in the field of Human Services work. Utilizing audio and video taping; role play; and active classroom participation in exercises designed to demonstrate competence in appropriate listening skills, problem solving, and decision making strategies.
HUS108 Pharmacology for Human Services
Introduces the human services care giver to the use and effects of medications in acute, chronic, and home care settings with patients/clients throughout their life span. Emphasis will be placed on the physiology, indications, contraindications, actions, side effects, and behavioral manifestations of the various medications.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
DRG202 Group Counseling for Addiction
Pre: DRG201 and HUS102
Covers core and intermediate group counseling skills in working with those impacted by addiction. The types of group treatment available, stages of group development, and the role of the leader are emphasized. Students gain knowledge and practice related to group counseling techniques applicable to early intervention, harm reduction, relapse prevention, and family-focused settings.
DRG221 Field Place & Sem 1 in Drug & Alcoholism Rehab
Pre: DRG101 and DRG201
Co: DRG222
An off campus learning experience of 120 hours of work in cooperating agencies under the supervision of agency personnel, with a 2-hour, once per week, on campus seminar to help develop skills as a substance abuse practitioner. Special emphasis will be put upon developing counseling and interpersonal competence.
DRG222 Field Place & Sem 2 in Drug & Alcoholism Rehab
Pre: DRG101 and DRG201
Co: DRG221
A continuation of field placement learning which focuses upon competence in networking and case management in substance abuse. The student will be required to complete competencies 1 and 2 of the field placement package. (120 hours of field placement per semester and 2 hours of seminar per week)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
DRG223 Field Placement & Seminar 3 in Drug & Alcoholism Rehab
Pre: DRG221 and DRG222
Co: DRG224
An off-campus learning experience of 120 hours of work and 2 hours per week of on-campus seminar in a new substance abuse agency with the focus upon substance abuse case presentation competencies. The students will be expected to expand their self awareness as they deal with their work environment.
DRG224 Field Placement & Seminar 4 in Drug & Alcoholism Rehab
Pre: DRG221 and DRG222
Co: DRG223
Field placement learning continues in the cooperating agency. The students will assess through their field work, all the skills learned in the drug and alcohol program and to develop a career plan which clearly looks at all types of employment this field offers. (120 field placement hours per semester and 2 seminar hours per week)
HUS104 The Field of Human Services: An Overview
Pre: HUS 101 or permission of instructor
Overview of the past, present and possible future methods and systems engaged in the delivery of Human Services. The student individually, and in groups, will examine many of the roles of the human service workers, including exploration of computer usage in human service agencies.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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